In 2016, a small group of Stockton 'boomerangs' and newcomers created Third City Coalition, a nonprofit initiative focused on bringing people together in the heart of the city. We have been innovating in the civic space ever since.


Our Mission

Third City Coalition was founded on the principle that places like Stockton are not alone in the struggle to find a path forward in society today. There are specific economic, social, and environmental factors that impact the way of life in Stockton. We are one part of the solution to drive positive change throughout the city. It will take each and every one of us working together to solve our most complex issues. If we are successful in our mission, past, present, and future Stocktonians will share a love of place and be inspired by civic change.

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.
— Jane Jacobs


We envision a positive present and future for all Stocktonians through:


The promotion of inclusive history as a way of changing the narrative and building civic pride.


The creation and cultivation of shared spaces around civics for learning and growth.


The support and empowerment of neighborhood advocates to improve Stockton.


The cultivation of opportunities for human capital investment.